Black Sea Turkey Tour - BST18
Safranbolu offers the historic trading post of all the major trade routes that travelled from India, Arabia and the Orient into Europe. Beautiful and architecturally preserved is a favorite location of our staff. Ankara the capital of Turkey holds all the secrets that founded this great country. Amasya is pure beauty, a city fortified by mountains and castles laid out along the banks of the river Kizil Irmak before finishing in Trabzon to discover the secrets of the Byzantine Empire.
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Airport transfers are available from Ataturk International Airport between the hours of 8:00am and 11:00pm. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour (Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast we depart from the hotel for the Istanbul City Tour. "TOPKAPI PALACE" The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The palace houses an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain. Robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, and the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Next on the list is the "SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE" Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century it is known as the "BLUE MOSQUE" because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Outside the Blue Mosque we find the "HIPPODROME". The Ancient Hippodrome was the scene of chariot races and entertainment. The Hippodrome comprises of three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
After a short enjoyable lunch break we head to the "SPICE BAZAAR" (Egyptian Bazaar) the air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After the tour you have the option to experience the Bosphorus Cruise which will depart after the city tour. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosphorus which is connecting Asia to Europe. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul - Abant Lake – Safranbolu (Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast we depart for Abant Lake - the most famous lake in Turkey. The walk around the lake offers a great opportunity to enjoy the area. Those who don't wish to walk may ride horseback, or travel by horse and cart. Abant lake is surrounded by pine trees. Its deepest point is 45 meters. Water lilies embellish the surface. It is also famous for its trout. After lunch depart for Safranbolu. From the 13th century to the advent of the railway in the early 20th century an important caravan station on the main East-West trade route. The old mosque, the bath house and Suleyman Pasha Medrese were built in 1322. From the 17th century, Safranbolu's architecture influenced construction throughout the Ottoman Empire. On arrival we walk through the historical Safranbolu Bazaar, then to Cinci Hodja Caravanserai, Cici Hodja Bath House, Kaymakamlar House (Museum). Overnight Safranbolu.
Day 4 - Safranbolu – Ankara (Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast at 09:00am we departure sleepy Safranbolu for Ankara (3 to 4 hours drive) On arrival we will have time for lunch before taking the city tour of Ankara which is the 2nd biggest city and the capital of Turkey. On the tour you will visit Ataturk`s (founder of the modern Turkey) Museum and the Ataturk Mausoleum. Overnight Ankara.
Day 5 - Ankara - Hattusa – Amasya (Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast we depart for Hattusa - the capital of Hitites – Indo/German people, they came via the Black Sea to north Anatolia at the beginning of 18 th century BC. They used horse carts as their war vehicles in their battle with Egyptian Ramses the 2nd. Following this they made a peace treaty written on clay. Visiting Yazilikaya - the ruin of an open air Hitite temple where there are rock carvings of Hitite gods. We then go to Hattusas big temple and the city ruins including the gates of the lion and king. We then visit the summer palace and Alacahoyuk - the first Hitite and Hatti capital. After lunch drive to Amasya - the homeland of the famous geographer Strabo and located in a narrow cleft of the Yesilirmak (Iris) river with a 3000 year history of civilization. The ruins of the citadel on the rock face of the cleft shelters feature 2000 year old water-channels, bridges, an ancient mental hospital, an Ottoman Palace and a secret underground passageway. Overnight Amasya.
Day 6 - Amasya – Trabzon (Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast at 09:00am departure for Trabzon. When the Roman Empire was divided at the end of the 4th century, Trabzon remained under the control of the Eastern Roman Empire - later called the Byzantine Empire. When relations and wars between the Byzantines and the Arabs developed, the Arabs called the people under the Roman Sovereignty “Rum”, and the areas under the Roman control as Diyar-i Rum, or Memleket-ul Rum (land of Rums). Overnight Trabzon.
Day 7 – Trabzon (Breakfast and dinner included)
Depart for St. Sophia (Ayasofya), a 13th century church with a collection of Byzantine frescoes, depart for Gulbahar Hatun Mosque, Castle and Ataturk's Mansion (a picturesque hillside retreat), visit Ortahisar Mosque (a Comneni cathedral in the old town). Lunch stop in Akcaabat. This afternoon explore the cobbled stone streets of Trabzon. Drive to Boztepe, enjoy tea from a samovar with views over the city. Overnight Trabzon.
Day 8 - Sumela Monestary - Zigana - Karaca Cave (Breakfast and dinner included)
Depart for Sumela Monastery, visit the 4th century Sumela Monastery on a sheer cliff face in a forest, relax beside a fast flowing stream at Altindere Valley National Park, lunch, traveling the Silk Road through the Zigana Mountains (Pontic Alps) to Karaca Cave, considered the most beautiful in Turkey for its colors and formations. Overnight Trabzon.
Day 9 - Trabzon – Istanbul End of Tour (Breakfast included)After breakfast we depart for Trabzon Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then onward travel arrangements.
- Return airport transfers
- Domestic flight from Trabzon to Istanbul
- 3 star, 4 star and Boutique Hotels in each area
- 2 nights hotel in Istanbul including breakfast and dinner
- 1 night hotel in Safranbolu including breakfast and dinner
- 1 night hotel in Ankara including breakfast and dinner
- 1 night hotel in Amasya including breakfast and dinner
- 3 nights hotel in Trabzon including breakfast and dinner
- Guided Istanbul City Tour
- Guided tour at Lake Abant
- Guided tour in Safranbolu
- Guided tour in Ankara
- Guided tour in Hattusa
- Guided tour in Amasya
- Guided tour in Trabzon
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- Contact us for price. Departure available from May to Sep.